Category Archives: Photography

PhotoWalk

22-04-18

Met up with my PhotoWalk buddies on Friday, it was a lovely sunny day. So after a cup of coffee or two and a catch up we headed down to the canal area. I had my Sigma digital and 2 film cameras with me.

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It was lovely to see the new spring growth.

We then moved onto the old canal industrial area to look at some street (canal) art.

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Behind the factories
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I always like looking behind the factories for some unintentional art.

The City Centre
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Balloon Man (somewhere)

It was a great photowalk, with good company and weather.

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Sigma & Arboretum

27-03-18

They say things happen in three’s, first my Sigma Camera’s shutter failed, then the hinge broke on the fridge door, and finally my TV refused to switch on. Sent the Sigma camera off for repair, it had to go back to Japan, arrived back last week. Called a TV repair man to come and have a look at the set, he said the software had corrupted, 15 minutes later it was restored and working as it should. The only thing I have to do now is get another fridge freezer, the choice is bewildering.

It was a lovely day yesterday (Monday) so I thought I’d take a walk and visit the arboretum again and check that the Sigma is working as it should, glad I went as the weather forecast for the next seven days is pretty awful.

Mind How You Go.
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This warning marker is (was) on a twisty part of road, a few feet away there were bits of a cars front grill and headlamps.

Tangle
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Fir
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Vapour Trails
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Lichen
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Dingly Dell
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Mossy
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Resting Place
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St Denys Church
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The church dates back to the 1200’s.

The Sigma seems to be OK, looking forward to more photo outings with it.

 

Hairless !

30-01-18

Went for a PhotoWalk with my two PhotoBuddies today, for once the weather was bright and sunny. One of the guys had just got a new iPad and sneakily took a photo. It’s only when I look at a current photo that I realise how old I am, my brain certainly doesn’t. It looks like I haven’t any hair, I did have a very severe haircut last week, might be worth investigating getting a syrup fig !!!!

Grand Union Canal
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iPad photo.

Syrup Figs
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Olympus OM40 – Agfa Vista 200

It was really good to get out and about with the guys, we rounded off the walk with a bowl of carrot & coriander soup and a coffee at the World Peace cafe in the town. According to the fitness app I walked 6.5 miles (10.4 Kilometres).

Most of the photographs I took were on a film camera, hopefully I can find time to develop the film tomorrow and scan in the negatives on Thursday if they are ok.

Praktica Super TL #2

09-01-18

A few more images from the heavyweight Praktica Super TL with well out of date colour film.

Easter Island !
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Keeping Time
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Silver Birch Catching The Morning Light
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Polarised
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I used a Polarising filter on this shot and it gave a night time feel to the image.

Short Back & Sides
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My Obsession 
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This fencing sits around a lovely old large house which is currently empty awaiting conversion to apartments !!!!!! Can’t resist photographing parts of the fence line almost every time I walk past. 

I’ve just ordered some fresh colour film, wish I could afford Kodak Porta, maybe in the spring ?

Praktica Super TL

06-01-17

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I bought this camera a couple of years ago but hadn’t used it because the original 50mm lens (Meyer Optik Görlitz) was well and truly gummed up, didn’t mind too much as it was from a charity and wasn’t expensive. So when my sister dropped in the Zenit 19  for me to look at I used the Bell & Howell 35-105mm macro zoom lens that came with it to test out the Praktica. I had some Kodacolor 200 film that came with another camera, I had no idea how old it was and judging by the results it was well past it’s best. 

What A Relief
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Alternate Universe
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Keeping Watch
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Winter Eye
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The camera weighs a ton with the zoom lens, but I enjoyed using it. The lens is very good, think it’s made by Tokina. 

Zenit 19 (House Brick !)

23-12-17

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My sister bought the Zenit 19 from a charity shop for £10.00p hoping it would be a good starter film camera for my niece, and would I try it out to see if it works. I’d never seen this model before, it’s quite old but has some good features, shutter speed to 1/ 1000th of a second and stop down metering. The bad thing about it is that it should take two PX625 mercury batteries, I used 675 hearing aid batteries and a coil of silicon tube to hold them in place. The Zenit weighs a ton and the meter is really slow to react compared to a more modern film camera.

It came with a Bell & Howell 35-105mm zoom lens, which looks very similar if not the same as a Tokina. I decided to try it with my newer version Helios 58mm lens and a roll of Kodacolor 200, expired in 2001. The hardest part was trying to find a day with some semi reasonable weather.

Still Clinging On
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Contre Jour Cafetiere & Hands
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Watchful Eye 
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Bokeh and Barbwire
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St Stephens & Winter Sky
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Barbwire & Snow
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Captured Star
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Knot & Ice
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Not really a camera for a beginner, although I really enjoyed using it. Managed to get a Pentax Z50p with 28- 80mm af zoom lens for my my niece for only a couple of pounds more than the Zenit, it should be a lot easier for her to use, it’s certainly a lot lighter ! 

Ice Skating !

12-12-17

I still haven’t managed to drag persuade anyone to go ice skating with me, all I get is strange looks and talk about broken bones, especially at my age !!!!!!

Been checking on the progress of the rink over the last week.

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Spotted this last week on my way to town to check on the rink.

Almost Finished
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Today the rink was up and running, but full of kids having a great time.

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Very apt as it was tricky walking on the pavements after the snow. 

The Wheel
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I haven’t given up hope of ice skating, bribery and corruption next !